Pupil Medication

ADMINISTRATION OF MEDICATION

Although it is always preferable to take any medication at home, we are aware that during some medical treatments a student may be required to take medication during the school day.

As parents are responsible for the administration of medicine, we would suggest that, if a student must take medication at lunch-time, arrangements should be made for a parent or a responsible adult to come to school to administer the medication.  If this is not feasible, the smallest dose required should be brought to school and given to A McKeown in the school office.

Parents must write an accompanying note indicating the following:

1          Student’s Name and Class

2          Name of Medication

3          Instructions for Administration.

While it is hoped that the above procedure is an appropriate response to students’ needs, parents are advised that –

WE WILL SYMPATHETICALLY ADDRESS EACH REQUEST FROM PARENTS FOR MEDICATION TO BE ADMINISTERED TO THEIR CHILD AT SCHOOL.

Asthmatic students may carry a Ventolin inhaler or an Epipen with them as required. Their parents’ will have signed a form giving us permission to use a Spacer/Ventolin or an Epipen in case of an emergency.  It is advised that no other form of medication should be carried in school. This applies to short term courses of medication such as antibiotics or pain killers. Where it is necessary for students to take medication throughout the school day for a short period of time this medication should also be left in the school office, following the instructions above.

Students can also become ill or injured during the school day.  You will appreciate therefore that we need –

1          Home Telephone Number

2          Work/Relative Number

If a student becomes seriously ill or is seriously injured, be assured that we will make him as comfortable as possible while waiting for an ambulance.  We will also contact parents / guardians so that they can accompany their son to hospital or meet him on arrival at the hospital.  If you are not immediately available a member of staff will accompany the student in the ambulance.

A MEMBER OF STAFF MAY NOT DRIVE YOUR CHILD HOME NOR TO HOSPITAL IN ANY CIRCUMSTANCE.

We assure you that concern for the welfare of each student will remain the over-riding factor in any eventuality.